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T. J. Bass, real name Thomas J. Bassler, MD[1] (July 7, 1932 – December 13, 2011) was an American science fiction author and physician, having graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959. Bassler is also known for his controversial claim that nonsmokers who are able to complete a marathon in under four hours can eat whatever they wish and never suffer a fatal heart attack.[2][3]

T. J. Bass
BornThomas J. Bassler
(1932-07-07)July 7, 1932
Clinton, Iowa, United States
DiedDecember 13, 2011(2011-12-13) (aged 79)
OccupationPhysician, science fiction writer

John Robbins has noted that Jim Fixx approvingly quoted Bassler in his bestselling book, “The Complete Book of Running”. Fixx died from heart failure at 52 while running.[4]

Two of Bass' novels, Half Past Human (1971) and The Godwhale (1974), were nominated for the Nebula award. In both his books the Hive was a three trillion population of 'nebishes' - humans who had four toes and all aggressiveness bred out of them.[5]


Science fiction novels (as T. J. Bass)

Short stories

  • Star Itch (1968) If magazine
  • Star Seeder (1969) If magazine
  • Half Past Human (1969) Galaxy science fiction, Vol.29 No.4
  • G.I.T.A.R (or "Song of Kaia") (1970) If magazine, Nov-Dec
  • A Game of Biochess (1970) If magazine
  • Rorqual Maru (1972) Galaxy science fiction, Vol.32 No.4

Non fiction (as Thomas J. Bassler)

  • The Whole Life Diet: An Integrated Program of Nutrition and Exercise for a Lifestyle of Total Health (1979), with Robert E. Burger


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